Over the years I have been very active crutch user starting when I was eight years old. After college my wife and I bought and renovated pre-Civil War houses for 20 years and we did most of the work ourselves. I climbed scaffolding, did brick laying, installed roofs and roofing, built chimneys, and everything else. Then for adventure we traveled around the...
Ten years ago, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) was most often seen in factory workers, secretaries, and supermarket cashiers whose jobs required them to repeat the same hand and wrist movements thousands of times a day. Besides experiencing ordinary soreness, CTS patients progressively suffer a weakened grip, stiff finders in the morning, and crippling....
- Scoot forward to edge of the chair with injured or painful leg out in front of your body.
- When sitting in a chair, place both crutches on the opposite side of an injured or painful leg.
- Span your hand across both hand grips. The back of your elbow should be pointing up high.
- Push up with your strong leg. One hand should be on the crutches and the other hand on the chair.....
- Scoot to the edge of your chair.
- Place cane in hand opposite of the injured or painful leg.
- Stand up from the chair.
- Move cane forward 12-18 inches.
- Step forward with the leg opposite of cane until the foot is directly across from the cane.....
Walking sticks have aided bi-pedal man since the dawn of our evolution. The walking stick has served us well as an assist to climbing, an aid to steadying ourselves, as a probe, a reaching tool, a weapon, as an artistic expression, and for some, as weight-bearing device to facilitate ambulating when debilitated....